Kari continued her amazing story. “I used to take care of him and his brother when they were kept next door to where I live, and then one day they just disappeared. The man who kept them wouldn’t tell me what had happened to them. Then very recently my eighteen-year-old son was killed in a climbing accident.” Kari explained that for the past three months, since her son’s death, she had lost all interest in living.
Then one day while at work, she felt an overwhelming urge to go out to her car and go through the mail she had been ignoring for months. As she leafed through the stack that had accumulated on the front seat, she came across the W.O.L.F. newsletter. A voice, she truly believed was her son, told her to open it. She listened to the voice, and to her amazement there on the front page was a photo of Spirit. Tears came to her eyes. She believed her son had directed her to find Spirit in order to help her heal.
Kari entered Spirit’s enclosure and called out to the wolf that she hadn’t seen for six months. She laughed and cried as Spirit gave her kisses and rolled on the ground full of joy. Kari visited Spirit often at the Sanctuary where he lived with his companion, Cheyenne. It was always a joy to watch the interaction between Sprit and Kari.
One day after more than seven years at the Sanctuary, two volunteers found Spirit dead in his enclosure. He had left sometime during the night. Spirit was only eight years old, and we all felt that he had gone too soon. A necropsy performed at Colorado State University revealed that Spirit had a genetic defect. His kidneys were only one third the size they should have been. Short of placing him on dialysis and a kidney transplant list, there was nothing that could have been done for him. In fact, the doctor felt we were lucky to have had him share his life with us for as long as he did.